Col­or­ing Tech­niques

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The beauty of col­or­ing is that there’s no wrong way to do it. There are as many or more col­or­ing tech­niques as there are tools. Try a few of these and you’ll be on your way to cre­at­ing unique mas­ter­pieces in no time!

Col­or­ing With Col­ored Pen­cils

1. Be­gin by choos­ing which col­ors you plan on work­ing with. It will be help­ful to have mul­ti­ple blend­ing stumps to work with so that you do not have to sand as much be­tween color changes and color ap­pli­ca­tions.

2. Ap­ply a heavy line of color to the left side of the ar­eas you choose to color with your first color (Photo 1).

3. Roll or dip the tip of your blend­ing stump into the odor­less min­eral spir­its (OMS) un­til it is fully sat­u­rated, but not drip­ping. Note: If you are wary of work­ing with odor­less min­eral spir­its, are preg­nant or have an al­lergy to it, pure baby oil can be used in­stead for this tech­nique. It must be used spar­ingly so as to not stain the im­age you are work­ing on, so a bit of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion should be done to find out just how much oil is needed to break down the wax and fillers in the col­ored pencil leads (Photo 2).

4. Us­ing small cir­cu­lar mo­tions, blend the color into the open white area of the im­age (Photo 3).

5. Us­ing a sand­ing block or sand­pa­per pad, clean the first color off the tip of your blend­ing stump be­fore ap­ply­ing and blend­ing the next color.

6. Ap­ply and blend ad­di­tional col­ors as shown, re­peat­ing steps 2–5 for each color (Photo 4).

7. Once you have col­ored your im­age, reap­ply a sec­ond layer of color to deepen the sat­u­ra­tion un­til the de­sired color level is reached. Again, blend just as be­fore us­ing blend­ing stumps and OMS (Photo 5).

8. To add color to the back­ground, ap­ply a thick line of color all the way around the in­ner edge of the frame im­age (Photo 6).

9. As a fin­ish­ing touch, use a larger, fat­ter stump and OMS to blend the color in­ward. Be sure to stop be­fore reach­ing the inside im­age to al­low some white to re­main. This will cause the inside im­age to re­ally “pop” and stand out (Photo 7).

10. Use your col­ored im­age to cre­ate your fin­ished project.

Col­or­ing With Mark­ers

1. Choose which col­ors you plan on work­ing with and have them all close at hand for easy se­lec­tion dur­ing the col­or­ing process.

2. Be­gin­ning with the light­est color you plan on us­ing, color the en­tire area us­ing small cir­cu­lar mo­tions, be­ing sure to fully sat­u­rate the pa­per. Hav­ing a fully sat­u­rated im­age will help in blend­ing ad­di­tional col­ors as you add them (Photo 8).

3. Select a sim­i­lar color in a slightly darker shade and be­gin to add depth by gen­tly touch­ing ar­eas lightly with the tip of the marker. Blend by work­ing with the first color us­ing small cir­cu­lar mo­tions (Photo 9).

4. Select your third color in the dark­est shade and add more sat­u­rated color to the ar­eas of the im­age that would be shaded. This will in­crease depth and shad­ow­ing. Once again, blend these col­ors by work­ing with the first color us­ing small cir­cu­lar mo­tions (Photo 10). Note: You

can al­ways add more color and re­peat steps 3 and 4 un­til you achieve the de­sired look. It is bet­ter to re­peat steps in adding color as it is much harder to re­move too much or too dark of color once ap­plied.

5. In the same man­ner as be­fore, be­gin col­or­ing other ar­eas of the im­age with the light­est shade of color you will be us­ing. Again, be sure to sat­u­rate the area com­pletely for the best blend­ing abil­ity (Photo 11).

6. Add a sec­ond layer of color us­ing a medium shade and blend by work­ing with the light­est shade us­ing small cir­cu­lar mo­tions (Photo 12). Pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the ar­eas of the sec­tion that would be shaded.

7. As a fi­nal step in bring­ing your im­age to life, add a bit of ad­di­tional shad­ing to the col­ored ar­eas (Photo 13).

8. Use your col­ored im­age to cre­ate your fin­ished project.

Lay­er­ing Medi­ums

Another fun way to cre­ate di­men­sion is to mix col­or­ing medi­ums within one im­age. En­joy a cre­ative ex­per­i­ment with your fa­vorite col­ored pen­cils, mark­ers and di­men­sional gel pens to dis­cover the dy­namic re­sults that can be achieved (Photo 14).

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